Ramallah: on Monday June 22, 2015, Ministry of Health celebrated the handing-over of the projects for improving the infrastructure of medical equipment in the Palestinian Health Sector, funded by the Japanese government, in the meeting hall at Palestine Medical Complex (PMC).
Ramallah, 12 February 2015
Today, the Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Mohammad Mustafa, and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. James W. Rawley, released the Strategic Response Plan for 2015, which aims to address the humanitarian needs of 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
The recent crisis in Gaza was the 3rd since six years and has become after 7 years of siege, closure on Gaza affecting the lives of the citizen, causing unemployment and poverty, disruption of development, and deterioration of health services. Prior to the crisis, WHO reports revealed the challenges facing the Palestinians health system, its ability to provide the normal health services due to lack of medications and medical supplies.
In July 2014, the Israeli military launched a sustained assault on Gaza. For seven weeks, Gaza was invaded and bombarded from land, sea, and air. The human loss was great: at least 2,145 people were killed, including 581 children. One in four Palestinians in Gaza was forced to flee, and over 60,000 houses were partially or completely destroyed. Public services have been devastated, creating scarcity of water, energy, food, and shelter. Agriculture, industry, and trade are at a standstill, leaving ever more Gaza residents without a livelihood.
Today, the Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of Agriculture of the State of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Shawqi Issa and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. James W. Rawley, launched the Gaza Crisis Appeal.
“My thoughts are for the people of Gaza today and my words are directed to the political leaders and the parties to the conflict: the most fundamental principle of humanity calls for stopping the killings. We need an immediate end to the human suffering of the people in Gaza,” said Mr. Rawley.